A Texas State Technical College (TSTC) student has received a prestigious Women's Industry Network (WIN) scholarship.
Jennifer Watson, an Auto Collision and Management Technology student from Moody, was awarded the WIN College Tuition and Conference Scholarship Award.
Clint Campbell, the statewide department chair of TSTC's Auto Collision and Management department, encouraged Watson to apply for the scholarship.
"We've only had three or four students receive that scholarship," Campbell said. "She's a very good student. She’s hardworking, pays attention to detail and asks a lot of questions to make her work better."
After submitting an essay and being interviewed, Watson received the scholarship.
"I was at my daughter's talent show when I got the call," Watson said.
Watson and other scholarship recipients receive a $1,000 scholarship, along with an all-expense-paid trip to the 2019 WIN Educational Conference.
"She's a great student and the perfect person to get that scholarship because she will make use of it," said Tracy Marshall, senior instructor for Auto Collision and Management at TSTC. "It gets her out into a different kind of world and opens up her social network contact."
The conference took place May 6 through May 8 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
"Most sessions are about auto collision and the technology coming up," Watson said.
She also had the opportunity to be mentored by one of the 2019 Most Influential Women Honorees or a member of the WIN Board of Directors.
"There are women at this conference that I can relate to," Watson said. "I think that was my biggest thing—getting into a network with women I can identify myself with."
Before attending TSTC, Watson held numerous jobs.
She served six years in the military as a helicopter mechanic after high school.
"The military is all about organization, timelines and being prompt," Watson said. "I do believe if I went to college out of high school, I wouldn't have been successful."
After the military, Watson found a job with DynCorp (now DynCorp International).
"I worked for DynCorp for 12 years and decided it was time to go back to my passion: working on cars again and restoring them," Watson said.